Hello and apologies to anyone who tried to read a post last week and couldn’t. The blog was down for 2 days. It’s a long story as to why but a big thank you to Mr F who sweated over his Mac removing numerous files. (He has many websites on his ‘platform’ – don’t ask – so it wasn’t just me shut down.) The provider wasn’t much help. They tell you there’s a problem, they shut down all the websites and say over to you. Then they don’t respond for hours to emails asking if we (as in Mr F) had done the right thing. Eventually we were given an OK and the websites were once again back on line – phew!

Although we have ‘packers’ the flat looks untidy and a bit bereft of its general look which is cool and crisp and minimalist. Instead things are off the walls and boxes lie around everywhere.  We move in 4 days time – woo hoo and eeek!

What with everything going on the exercises done at home are suffering a bit and gone down to a quick warm-up and the occasional weights.  But I’ve hefted furniture about a bit, in that I’ve taken things to the car to be given to friends or the charity shop.  And this last week we’ve been painting the new flat (all white) and it’s not just Mr F doing that. I’ve been part of this too and on Saturday I painted a whole room.  Quite proud that we’re doing this at our age – and yes I did say that!  We’ve had a few minor aches and pains but we’re OK.  I’m sure it’s all about the Pilates, which strengthens the core and generally, all your muscles.

Wouldn’t miss my Pilates although I will in 10 days time when we go on our cruise. Yes 6 days after we move we will be picked up by car and off we go to Dover. And so glad we’re going before October. That’s a Brexit reference – say no more!!!

I decided to pack my suitcase for the cruise as while everything around me is chaos, at least I can relax in the knowledge that I’m packed and ready. Gosh, though, it took me 3 days to do the packing as I kept finding bits and pieces that needed freshening up. Yes, although that’s simply days and days before the cruise, I roll my clothes so they don’t get creased. Now that’s done it’s on to Mr F’s case!

You know already that the minimalist look of our current flat is moving on to the mid-century look and here’s our first find.  It was Mr F who, if he goes into a charity shop it would be rare for him find anything, as he doesn’t look at things like I do, but this time…………….  Just look what he found!

It works too and is now our mainline phone, which we’ll take to the new flat.  The thing is all phone ‘packages’ include a mainline but we never use this phone, it’s the mobile every time.  And when the phone rings 9 times out of 10 it’s a scam or a ‘survey’. Do you use a mainline phone?  I predict they’ll all be gone in 10 years time.  But we’ll keep the green phone – as an antique!

My artist friend who died a few weeks ago had a wonderful way of doing things to his house and his clothes including an amazing denim jacket which was totally covered in badges. I used to have a lot of badges, especially so when I was a member of CND and campaigned to ban the bomb – proud to say I went on marches and held hands around Greenham Common.  I tried to replicate the jacket.

Not sure, but I could definitely wear this in Kemptown. Note the pic that went slightly wrong!

That’s how I’ll feel on Friday!!!

In haste, as much packing beckons!

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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17 thoughts on “More news about this and that plus an apology!

  • 12th August 2019 at 11:31 am

    Ha! Yes, Pilates is wonderful isn’t it? After just ten sessions it has corrected a knee I could hardly bend, due to a fracture three years ago. I am so happy to have regained full use of my leg, to walk jump and skip just as I could before, hmmmm! I’m 75. Don’t give up, that’s my rule!!
    Good luck with your move Penny, you seem to have it all very well organized having already packed for your cruise, what a good idea. Have a great time!! Pauline.

    • 14th August 2019 at 7:49 am

      I agree with you totally about Pilates – it really does work.

      Thanks so much for the good wishes re: the move and cruise. All moves are challenging and it’s the paperwork and the legal stuff that is so daunting. When moving day comes I’ll be fine!!! And wow I shall enjoy the cruise!

  • 12th August 2019 at 11:38 am

    P.S. I love your printed leggings!!

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  • 12th August 2019 at 12:10 pm

    We are SO in the same boat, Penny. Our movers come on Wednesday, and then a week and a half later, we are off for a short trip to NYC with friends. I didn’t actually pack yet for our trip, but I do have an idea of what clothes to take. But right now all my suitcases are full of our house stuff…EEEK!!
    And let’s just say that moving is exercise in it’s own right. Although I’ve been trying to stretch every evening!!
    Good luck and can’t wait to see the new place,

    • 14th August 2019 at 7:54 am

      Oh Jodie!!! Good luck for TODAY!!!!!!! I so know how you feel! Congrats and all the very best for this very big move of yours.

      Btw, I shall change everything in the new apartment – people will see it when it’s finished to my design and specification 🙂

      At the moment it’s the sellers idea of how things should be arranged – but I love sorting this kind of thing out.

      Have a lovely holiday in NYC


  • 12th August 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Very wise to be on a cruise at Brexit time! Love your trim phone. Does yours have the original ring tone? Agree that landline phones will disappear soon. I reckon the only people still using them are the very elderly. My mum’s is a real hot line on Sundays and the lady next door (aged 86) also uses hers a lot. Good luck with the final push on your move!

    • 14th August 2019 at 8:04 am

      The thing about the reference to Brexit is that Saga picks you up from your door and drives you to Dover. Now how long will that car journey take if we crash out??????

      The green phone makes a warbly sound – is that the original sound? It is a modern copy of course, so we can use it. It’s already replaced our modern set. Looks great!

      The move has been so stressful in that we could have moved 3 weeks ago – but the person buying would only move on one day Friday 16th – wouldn’t budge from that date. And what’s more the weather’s turned and it will be pouring with rain on Friday. Mustn’t be negative but I have had sleepless nights over her decision. But nearly there 🙂

  • 12th August 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Penny!
    Best of luck with the move, and I hope you have a lovely time on the cruise.
    Where did you get the “Ageism is never in style” badge? I could use that as a fridge magnet!


  • 12th August 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I insisted that we have a landline phone, because in the case of an emergency, if we had a power cut, and couldn’t charge our phones, the land line will always work.
    I’m desperately trying to wrap my head around the minimalist look, but am thinking the only way I’m going to be able to do it is to get rid of EVERYTHING, and start from scratch, because I seem incapable of choosing what to keep and what to chuck! Such a dilemma, and as I don’t have the stamina to think it through, because it’s so humidly hot here in Toronto, I’m just going to pour myself a glass of wine and procrastinate for a while.
    Wishing you a smooth move, and a spectacular cruise.😀

    • 14th August 2019 at 9:10 am

      Hello Geri – I wasn’t always minimalist and used to have many artefacts and stuff all round the houses I lived in. It’s just that I’ve let go of a lot of possessions. Also the smaller area you have the more important it is to have fewer things.

      Humidity is the worst!!!!

      Thank you so much for those good wishes – have a lovely rest of the week 🙂

    • 14th August 2019 at 9:16 am

      The phone was a great find! Thank you so much for your good wishes 🙂

  • 13th August 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Hi, Penny,

    It’s my first time commenting, but your adventures are so much fun to hear about it seems unfair not to thank you properly. In no particular order re todays post:

    1) Love the phone. I’ve kept my landline just for safety/backup.

    2) Whether it’s Pilates or painting walls or cleaning ones house, I’m certain it keeps us vital and strong and happy. Having taken over most of the gardening work….save for ladder climbing and ditch digging (which foolishly resulted in a rolled ankle) I feel wonderful, strong and noble:)

    3) The jacket reminded me that I have loads of small pins/jewelry pieces that will forever stay tucked away unless I resurrect them to use in a more casual way. When I was working I used to group them on the lapel of one of my fancy jackets, but I think they’d look equally good on my jeans jacket.

    Have a wonderful move and cruise.


    • 14th August 2019 at 9:19 am

      The phone was a great find and I do get that at the moment a landline is a good backup but mainly we only get scam calls on it so I’m quite suspicious of it when it rings!

      Thank you so much for that feedback Ellie – I so appreciate it 🙂

  • 24th August 2019 at 5:27 pm

    It infuriates me that the phone packages include the landline phone. We tried to reduce the content of our package only to be told that it would cost more! Our landline number is used by just a couple of people and the rest are the usual rubbish about non-existent car accidents etc.
    Do hope that everything goes smoothly for you in the move.

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